The Breakfast Club (1985)

Movie Title: The Breakfast Club

Year Released: 1985

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 37min

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

Review: Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently -- and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.

The Breakfast Club is probably the most iconic teen movie from the '80s. Five students from different cliques and social groups bond together over a Saturday detention. This movie takes place primarily in one room, and I find it interesting that the movie was shot chronologically for the most part. John Hughes does a great job developing a script that exudes important values for teenagers that will inevitably become important pillars as one enters adulthood. The real stars here are the five actors who play the students. Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy are wonderful, each playing a vastly different, unique character from the rest. I think this film does a great job proving that people can connect on all kinds of levels despite different backgrounds or ways of life. There is a clear transition here as the students initially clash over their differences and idiosyncrasies, but later come to a mutual understanding and respect for one another. I think a lot of our current society can learn a lot from this movie. I really enjoyed this film, and I think it should be commended for telling such an important story that comes across as both funny and thoughtful. Not to mention, the quintessential '80s soundtrack is absolutely perfect. If you haven't seen this film, definitely seek this out, and join The Breakfast Club today!

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Fun Fact: The scene in which all characters sit in a circle on the floor in the library and tell stories about why they were in detention was not scripted. Writer and Director John Hughes told them all to ad-lib.


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